Fans and quite a few actors themselves have been pitching who they think should play Luke Cage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and later the Netflix Luke Cage series with Idris Elba, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Terry CrewsMichael Jai White, and The Walking Dead‘s Chad Coleman. Elba recently, last night really, did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit and was asked once again about playing Luke Cage. What he had to say might disappoint many of you.

There were a lot of great questions and answers but let’s get right to the meat of the Luke Cage question. Redittor vanmundygar asked:

How quickly can we get you signed on to play Luke Cage for the Netflix series?

Uh, I think there’s an actor already signed on for it, fortunately or unfortunately.

There it is. Elba thinks, perhaps through his agent, that the role has already been cast. Marvel usually keeps pretty tight wrap on casting until the can do a big announcement. Who’s playing Luke Cage on Netflix is a pretty big piece of casting news. With Elba out of the running, who do you think snagged the Luke Cage role?

I’d take Dwayne Johnson out of the running as well. He’s going to be tied up with DC as the Black Adam in the new Shazam movie. Michael Jai White will be returning to Arrow and is also a possible candidate for the Suicide Squad movie that’s in the works.

That leaves Terry Crews as the most well-known of the top five, but my guess is that the role will go to the long shot Chad Coleman or another lesser known actor. Marvel has notoriously tight strings when it comes to actor contracts. Marvel learned its lesson when the back-end of their contract with Robert Downey Jr. racked in major cash.

Earlier in the AMA oscarveli asked this question, which kind of tied into the more direct Luke Cage casting question:

I know you already play Heimdall, but would you like to be the leading role in a superhero movie? If so, which superhero would you like to play?

I wanna play… I thought it’d be really cool to play Hancock.

Yeah, I would love to play sort of a … you know, sort of that human being that actually has superhero powers, like Hancock and like Luke Cage.

This one was too good to not include here:

Hey Mr Elba!

Big fan! Love Luther and Prometheus! And i’m a secret fan of Ghost Rider… As you may know, the internets has a love affair with Nic Cage….

Do you have any funny stories from the set of Ghost Rider?

Yeah – Nic Cage came back one day on set, and he came down to set and he looked a little bit tired, a little bit – kind of like he’d ben up all night. So I was like “hey Nic man, how you doing man” and he said “i’m alright’ and I said “You seem a little spoked out” and he said “Yeah man, I went up to Dracula’s castle…the ruins up in the mountains, and I stayed the night” and i said “What?! Why|?” and he said “I just had to channel the energy, and it was pretty spooky up there.” We were shooting in Romania, Transylvania, and he just went up there to spend the night, as you do.

And then he walked away.

True story.

Via: Reddit

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